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Henry James (1843-1916): M.4-1925

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Current Location: In storage


Henry James (1843-1916)


Sculptor: Wood, Francis Derwent




Portrait head in bronze. Front view, full face; bald except for the sides and the back.


History note: This bust was formerly in the collection of artist, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). It formed part of Sargent's estate, which was administed by his sisters Emily and Violet (Mrs Ormond). The women distributed artworks from Sargent's estate to museums in the UK and USA.

Legal notes

Given by Miss Emily Sargent and Mrs Francis Ormond (nee Violet Sargent)

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1925-11-03) by Sargent, Miss and Ormond, Francis, Mrs


George V
20th Century, Early
Production date: AD 1913


To celebrate Henry James’s 70th birthday, 270 of his friends subscribed in order to present him with his portrait by Singer Sargent (which James late bequeathed to the NPG). Using money left over from this fund, Sargent commissioned a marble bust of James from the sculptor Francis Derwent Wood (1871-1926). This original bust was presented by Sargent to the Boston Public Library. Another marble version was presented as a Chantrey Gift to Tate (accession number N02976) by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest (1914). However, Sargent had two bronze copies cast. He kept this example for himself and presented the other to Henry James (now in the collection of Harvard University, number B70). A third cast was presented by local public subscription to Chelsea Reference Library in 1917. This was stolen in 1992, and its whereabouts is currently unknown.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1925
Primary reference Number: 12294
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_4_1925
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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